With both an MBA in Management Consulting and almost two decades as a Certified Fundraising Executive, Ms. Carroll brings a proven track record of philanthropic leadership to the Foundation. Serving most recently as the Executive Director of the Delta Hospital Foundation and CEO of the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation, Ms. Carroll has over 27 years experience raising funds for health related charities, environmental causes, and social service agencies. In addition to raising millions of dollars, including a $1.5-million CT-scan campaign and a $3-million intensive care-unit campaign at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, and a $7.5 million diagnostic services campaign in Delta, Ms. Carroll is well respected amongst her peers in the philanthropic community.
Jessica is a passionate fundraising professional who has maintained a keen focus on health-related issues affecting children, families and seniors in our community. She has worked extensively with philanthropists across Vancouver Island and, before her current role, she led strategic regional fundraising efforts for BC Children's Hospital Foundation's Vancouver Island Office and played a significant role in the $200 million fundraising campaign to build a new hospital. Jessica is well respected in the fundraising community for her professionalism and integrity. She is a member of both the Canadian Association of Gift Planners and the Association of Fundraising Professionals and maintains an active Certified Fund Raising Executive designation. She is the incoming Chair of the 2017 National Philanthropy Day celebrations in Victoria and believes strongly in the impact philanthropy can have in the community.
My son David was born with special needs. Shortly after his birth, I connected with the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health (QA), which at the time, in the mid ’80s, was still a hospital. Many children with special needs lived on site. I brought David to QA every day for therapies. As he grew older, I began to share David with QA—he lived part time with his family and part time at the hospital, where staff could make sure he had what he needed every moment of the day.
I felt safe leaving David at QA. The staff, children, and other families became our extended family. I saw the great work that happens at QA, and I wanted to be part of it. When a position opened up at the Foundation in 1999, I was glad to join the team and help give back to QA and support children with special needs—every child deserves the very best.
When I was seven years old I met a little girl who, due to very sad circumstances, lived in foster care. Her short life had been full of tragedy and challenge, but she was full of hope and dreamed of being a ballerina. In my closet at home, I had the most beautiful, sparkly red and white tutu — at the time it was my most treasured possession. It dawned on me that this little girl needed that tutu — and the hopes and dreams attached to it — more than I did. In the end, that tutu landed exactly where it was needed most.
I believe that fair doesn’t mean that everyone gets the same, fair means that everyone gets what they need. I want to help create a world where children and families get what they need, and I feel so lucky to have landed in a career that helps me live my values.
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